Special Services

Music Therapy

Ages3+

Our Music Therapy Sessions incorporate a music-centered approach to working with children and teens with disabilities. These sessions are facilitated by a certified music therapist and explore the relationship of music and improvisation to communication, cognitive, social/emotional, and physical development.

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Music Therapy is run in conjunction with the Kaplen JCC's Guttenberg Center for Special Services. We are committed to the belief that all individuals have access to appropriate social, recreational, cultural and educational experiences in natural community settings with appropriate supports.

Our programs are designed to meet the specific needs of our participants. Our goal is to support an inclusive, nurturing environment and community, allowing each individual the opportunity to reach his or her own potential.

Elizabeth Barone M.A, MT-BC, CCLS runs our music therapy classes. She is a dually certified child life specialist and board certified music therapist with a background in musical theatre studies from Emerson College and music therapy from Montclair State University. Previous to working with the JCC, Elizabeth founded a music therapy program at Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak, MI and is currently working within a behavioral health department at Clara Maass Medical Center In Belleville, NJ.

The JCC Thurnauer School of Music is renowned as a center of artistic and educational excellence open to all. The school has inspired thousands of students and families—transforming lives and sharing the joy of music through outstanding instruction, concerts, master classes, community events, and partnerships with local schools

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Baby girl playing with maracas.
Boy in wheelchair playing with a tamborine.

Classes

Individual Music Therapy Sessions

Individual Music Therapy Sessions incorporate a music-centered approach to working with children and teens with disabilities. These sessions are facilitated by a certified music therapist and explore the relationship of music and improvisation to communication, cognitive, social/emotional and physical development and is effective with the special needs community – especially for those with autism. Sessions are available all day on Mondays, and after 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The tuition shown is for 30 weekly sessions of 45 minutes each. We can also help you with paperwork needed for PerformCare.

FAQs

Why should my child study music?

  • In addition to the enormous personal enjoyment music brings, music study helps children learn how to learn.
  • Attending lessons and practicing an instrument each day teaches focus, concentration, patience, critical thinking and reflection – skills we use throughout our lives.
  • Studies have shown that “students engaged in music programs outperformed their peers on every indicator: grade-point average, graduation r
    ate, Act scores, attendance and discipline referrals.”
  • KU research establishes link between music education and academic achievement

Why should my child study at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music?

  • A school environment creates a community of musicians who inspire, motivate and befriend each other.
  • Students benefit musically and psychologically from the expertise of our excellent faculty, the School’s warm, nurturing atmosphere and the experience of hearing other students make music at different levels of musical development.
  • The Thurnauer School offers a stimulating variety of classes, performances, workshops, and recital opportunities.

Can my child just take private lessons at the Thurnauer School?

  • As an introduction to learning an instrument, students can take just a private lesson, but only during their first year at the school. Thereafter, all students must take one or more components as part of their music program.
  • Making music with others quickens the pace of learning and accomplishment. We also find that students have fun in these classes and that this is not only enriching but also highly motivational to them.
  • Children in a full program of music study are “stretched”, musically and intellectually, as they learn new things and exchange musical and verbal ideas with their peers.
  • A program that is limited to private lessons lacks the richness of learning about music. The more we understand, the more joy there is in playing and listening.

When should my child begin the study of music?

  • Learning about music can begin at birth. However, the best age to start an instrument varies with the instrument and the child’s physical development. For example, violinists and flutists can begin as young as 3, whereas trumpet players should be at least 8.
  • For children who are not yet ready to begin private lessons, we recommend our early childhood classes: Musical Explorers, Instrument Exploration, Piano Partners, and Young Drummers.
  • Our classes for young children stand on their own, but they are also developmental, and will introduce skills to help your child with further musical study if it’s desired. “Developmental” also means dynamic; each week builds on the previous lesson.

How should we help our child select an instrument?

  • The choice of instrument depends on the child’s interests, temperament and size. Most children have a natural affinity for a particular instrument or sound and, if given the chance to choose, will know what they like.
  • We encourage sitting in on lessons and classes at our School. Please contact our scheduling director to arrange for a visit or a trial lesson: 201-567-7900 Ext. 375 or rsearles@jccopt.org
  • Attending professional concerts and student recitals with your child can also spark interest in a particular instrument. Children are welcome to attend any of our student recitals.

How do we select an instrumental teacher for your child?

At the Thurnauer School, a great deal of care is given to finding the best “match” from among our fine faculty. Music School Director Dorothy Roffman meets individually with each new student and parent(s) prior to enrollment, observing the child and learning about the family before assigning a teacher.

What is the registration process for new students?

The process is all handled online. It includes completing the registration form, enrolling in your choice of lessons and class, completing the scheduling forms, submitting a tuition deposit and, if you are enrolling ina private lesson program, scheduling a meeting with the Music School Director.

Do I need to register for the entire year?

With the exception of some early childhood classes, our curriculum is designed as a full, 30 week program. That said, you can withdraw within the first five weeks of classes for a prorated tuition and a $75 processing charge. Thereafter, partial refunds are available as stipulated in our Terms and Conditions.

Does the Music School offer a payment plan?

Yes. You can set up an eight month payment plan that withdraws funds from your bank account or charges your credit card automatically each month.

Does the Music School offer Financial Aid?

Yes. The Music School has a number of endowed funds earmarked for this purpose, and over 15%of our students receive some form of tuition scholarship. Scholarship forms are available online, or you may request one from the Financial Manager, Dan Jatovsky at djatovsky@jccotp.org.

Are discounts available?

Yes. The following discounts are available for you and your family to enjoy the gift of music:

Sibling Discount
Save $25 off total tuition for a class or performance ensemble (if not part of a Private Lesson Program) SAVE $90 off total tuition for a Private Lesson Program.

Refer a Friend Discount
Refer a new family who registers for private music lessons and you both get $100 off tuition.

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